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Making Democratic Governance Work

How Regimes Shape Prosperity, Welfare, and Peace

Making Democratic Governance Work by Pippa Norris
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Is democratic governance good for economic prosperity? Does it accelerate progress towards social welfare and human development? Does it generate a peace-dividend and reduce conflict at home? Within the international community, democracy and governance are widely advocated as intrinsically desirable goals. Nevertheless, alternative schools of thought dispute their consequences and the most effective strategy for achieving critical developmental objectives. This book argues that both liberal democracy and state capacity need to be strengthened to ensure effective development, within the constraints posed by structural conditions. Liberal democracy allows citizens to express their demands, hold public officials to account and rid themselves of ineffective leaders. Yet rising public demands that cannot be met by the state generate disillusionment with incumbent officeholders, the regime, or ultimately the promise of liberal democracy ideals. Thus governance capacity also plays a vital role in advancing human security, enabling states to respond effectively to citizen's demands.
Cambridge University Press; August 2012
296 pages; ISBN 9781139564410
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Title: Making Democratic Governance Work
Author: Pippa Norris
 
ISBNs
1139558315
9781107016996
9781139558310
9781139564410